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Occupy The White House • Keystone XL Pipeline Protest

Published November 7, 2011

Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at The White House

Occupation in Washington, DC • Sunday • 6 November 2011
photo by Joshua Roberts | Reuters

Neil Young addresses Farmers Union Conference about Alberta Tar Sands

• 10 September 2013 - When Neil Young speaks about the Alberta tar sands, hey says: “It’s like Hiroshima.”

"The fact is, Fort McMurray looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. The fuels all over — the fumes everywhere — you can smell it when you get to town. The closest place to Fort McMurray that is doing the tar sands work is 25 to 30 miles out of town and you can taste it when you get to Fort McMurray. People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this.

All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted. Their treaties are no good. They have the right to live on the land, like they always did, but there’s no land left that they can live on. All the animals are dying. This is truly a disaster, and America is supporting this."

State Department Report Opens Way to Approval for Oil Pipeline - Jan 31, 2014, NY Times
Pipes for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline lie at the ready in a field in Gascoyne, N.D.
- photo by Nathan Vanderklippe: Globe & Mail | Reuters -

British Columbia opposes planned Oil Sands Pipeline for Asia-bound tankers

• 31 May 2013 - by Ian Austen, published for the New York Times

OTTAWA — A pipeline for exporting oil sands bitumen to Asia-bound tankers was dealt a severe blow on May 31, 2013 when the province of British Columbia urged a federal review panel to reject the $6 billion plan.

The proposal to build the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and its port is effectively Alberta’s backup plan in case the Obama administration turns down the Keystone XL, a pipeline that would link the oil sands with American refineries on the Gulf Coast. Several of the concerns raised by British Columbia in its rejection echo those of American environmentalists regarding Keystone XL... read the full story

atmospheric CO2 levels surpass 400 parts per million!

• May 10, 2013

The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years.

Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense, but also a sobering reminder that decades of efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control are faltering.

The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea.

“It symbolizes that so far we have failed miserably in tackling this problem,” said Pieter P. Tans, who runs the monitoring program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that reported the new reading.

Ralph Keeling, who runs another monitoring program at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, said a continuing rise could be catastrophic. “It means we are quickly losing the possibility of keeping the climate below what people thought were possibly tolerable thresholds,” he said.

Heat-Trapping Gas Passes Milestone, Raising Fears - full story reported by Justin Gills, The New York Times - May, 10, 2013

Barack Obama inauguration speech in Washington, DC • Monday • 21 January 2013

Climate Change and Global Warming are affecting weather, businesses, and lifestyles

• Sept 13, 2013 - historic Colorado floods are devasting

• June 30, 2013 - Nineteen elite firefighters die battling Arizona wildfire

Nineteen elite firefighters were killed in a raging Arizona wildfire stoked by record heat and high winds, marking the greatest loss of life among firefighters from a single U.S. wildland blaze in 80 years.

The Prescott, Arizona, Fire Department crew was killed on June 30, 2013 when a fast-moving wildfire they were battling trapped them near Yarnell, a town about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman said at least 200 structures had been destroyed, most of them in Yarnell, a community consisting largely of retirees. Fire officials said most of the buildings lost were homes.

The temperature reached 119 degrees in Phoenix, making it the city’s fourth hottest day on record. US Airways canceled 18 of its regional flights because the maker of the smaller jets that fly those routes had provided performance statistics only up to temperatures of 118 degrees. An elderly man was found dead in a home without air-conditioning in Las Vegas, where the city’s temperature reached 115 degrees, tying the record for the hottest June 29 since 1994. Also, more than 200 people at an outdoor concert there were treated for heat-related problems that day, 34 of them at hospitals, the authorities said.
• June 21, 2013 - Flooding in northern India - Rescue efforts intensify, as death toll rises
Efforts have intensified in northern India to rescue tens of thousands of people trapped by flash floods that have already killed over 1000 people. Early monsoon rains in India this year are believed to be the heaviest in 60 years. More than 40,000 people were stranded in what the government has described as a "national crisis". Government officials say more than 33,000 people have already been rescued from the worst-hit areas over the past several days. As of July 5, thousands of people are still missing, including more than 1200 children.
• June 21, 2013 - Flooding in Alberta, Canada forces 100,000 to evacuate!
Ottawa — At least 100,000 Albertans, including about 75,000 Calgarians, have been forced out of their homes and large areas of Calgary's downtown core were being evacuated Friday afternoon, June 21, 2013. The worst flooding in decades has made its way into downtown Calgary, the center of Canada’s oil and gas industry. At least three people confirmed dead. Alberta's floods hit hard and fast.
• June 21, 2013 - Colorado is burning down! — Version 2.0


Black Forest, Colorado — The Black Forest fire began burning north of Colorado Springs on June 11, 2013. By June 14 it had consumed 15,000 acres. The evacuation area grew to include 94,000 acres and 13,000 homes. Some 38,000 people were evacuated. The Black Forest fire destroyed 511 homes. Two people were killed. No wildfire in Colorado history has destroyed more homes. The previous record was set in the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs in 2012. The Waldo Canyon fire destroyed 347 homes and killed two people.

The Big Meadow wildfire sparked by lightning on June 10, 2013 in Rocky Mountain National Park quickly grew to an estimated 300 to 400 acres by June 11. That afternoon temps in Fort Collins reached 100 degrees and it was all smoky from this fire. Temps were 101 degrees in Denver. We set a record for the earliest date ever in Colorado for 100-degree temps. The humidity was 2% at Black Forest and we had strong gusty winds all over the place. The temp in Lamar, Colorado on June 11 was 111. The Royal Gorge wildfire is also burning in Colorado nearby Canon City.

• June 24, 2012 - Colorado is burning down! — Version 1.0 — discussion about these fires


Manitou Springs, Colorado — Manitou Springs Flooding on Aug 9, 2013

Heavy rain on Aug 9, 2013 caused quickly-moving streams to propel debris and vehicles, made worse by the burn scar from the Waldo Canyon wildfire last year. Three people were injured and at least one person was killed. At least one home was swept away on Canon Avenue, according to The Gazette. A neighbor, Kristen Cercone, said that the homeowner suffered injuries, and described the scene as cars stacked on top of each other, with debris and trees pushed up against homes.

• May 8, 2012 - The past twelve months were the warmest twelve months in U.S. history

The past twelve months were the warmest twelve months in U.S. history, said NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on May 8, 2012, in their monthly “State of the Climate” report. Temperatures in the contiguous U.S. during May 2011 – April 2012 broke the previous record for warmest 12-month period, set November 1999 – October 2000, by 0.1°F. The past twelve months have featured America’s 2nd warmest summer, 4th warmest winter, and warmest March on record. Twenty-two states were record warm for the 12-month period, and an additional nineteen states were top ten warm. NOAA said that the January – April 2012 period was also the warmest January – April period since record keeping began in 1895. The average temperature of 45.4°F during January – April 2012 was 5.4°F above the 20th century average for the period, and smashed the previous record set in 2006 by an unusually large margin – 1.6°F.

— 2012 Warmth —

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Climatic Data Center

These are the warmest 12-month periods on record for the contiguous United States.
The record begins January 1895.

Rank Consecutive 12-month Period Temperature Departure
(from 20th Century Average)
Warmest May 2011 – April 2012 +2.80°F
2nd Warmest November 1999 – October 2000 +2.70°F
3rd Warmest October 1999 – September 2000 +2.65°F
4th Warmest April 2011 – March 2012 +2.61°F
5th Warmest September 2005 – August 2006 +2.56°F
6th Warmest August 2005 – July 2006 +2.54°F
6th Warmest September 1999 – August 2000 +2.54°F
8th Warmest July 1999 – June 2000 +2.51°F
9th Warmest June 1999 – May 2000 +2.46°F
10th Warmest August 1999 – July 2000 +2.46°F
NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information ServiceNational Climatic Data Center, U.S. Department of Commerce


• May 3, 2012 - New U.S. gov't report warns of weather satellites' 'rapid decline'

A new government-sponsored report warns that the USA's ability to track tornadoes, forecast hurricanes and study climate change is about to diminish. The number and capability of weather satellites circling the planet "is beginning a rapid decline" and tight budgets have significantly delayed or eliminated missions to replace them, says a National Research Council analysis out Wednesday.

The number of in-orbit and planned Earth observation missions by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is projected to drop "precipitously" from 23 this year to only six by 2020, the report found. That means the number of instruments monitoring Earth's activity is expected to decline from a peak of about 110 last year to fewer than 30 by the end of the decade.

Dennis Hartmann, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle, and chair of the committee, warned that the loss of capacity will have "profound consequences on science and society, from weather forecasting to responding to natural hazards."

April, 2012 was the warmest and 8th driest April on record in Fort Collins

CSU data show high temperature records for Fort Collins falling by as many as four degrees, including the warmest day of the month – April 24. The high temperature reached 88 degrees that day, breaking the previous record of 84 set in 1996.
Denver region's driest March ever ends with record-heat
According to Bobby Magill, reporting April 2, 2012 in The Coloradoan, no rain or snow fell during March, 2012 in Fort Collins. It was Fort Collins' hottest, driest March in history. Numerous high temperature records fell in the city last month, according to data released today by the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University.

Normally, Fort Collins gets more than a foot of snow every March. The average overall temperature for March was 50 degrees, or 8.6 degrees above normal. The average high temperature for March was 67.2 degrees – five degrees higher than the average high temperature for April.

* March 16, 2012: High of 77 broke previous record of 76 set in 1908.
* March 23, 2012: High of 76 broke previous record of 75 set in 1967.
* March 26, 2012: High of 81 broke previous record of 79 set in 1971.
* March 31, 2012: High of 80 tied previous record set in 1946.
* April 1, 2012: High of 82 sets new record.

Historic run of record warmth in U.S.A. during March, 2012 - More than 6,000 Record High Temperatures set!

March 2012# of Records set
Fri. Mar. 9101
Sat. Mar. 10105
Sun. Mar. 11189
Mon. Mar. 12 138
Tue. Mar. 13 218
Wed. Mar. 14 460
Thu. Mar. 15 662
Fri. Mar. 16 496
Sat. Mar. 17 565
Sun. Mar. 18 586
Mon. Mar. 19 510
Tue. Mar. 20 710
Wed. Mar. 21 575
Thu. Mar. 22 295

• 22 Mar 2012 - The most important alarm ever heard

Today, President Barack Obama wrapped up his first trip to Oklahoma as President. He arrived just after a week of floods, capping off a winter that never came, which followed the hottest and driest summer Oklahoma had seen in thousands of years, perhaps ever.

But he wasn’t in Oklahoma to talk about these climate disasters. He was there to laud his administration’s fast-tracking of the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In his speech, President Obama didn't connect the dots between fossil fuel extraction, climate change, and the extreme weather that has reshaped so much of the American landscape this past year.

• Texas agricultural losses due to the 2011 drought reached a record $7.62 billion, making it the most costly drought in history, according to updated totals by Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists.

“2011 was the driest year on record and certainly an infamous year of distinction for the state’s farmers and ranchers,” said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock economist. “The $7.62 billion mark for 2011 is more than $3.5 billion higher than the 2006 drought loss estimates, which previously was the costliest drought on record. The 2011 losses also represent about 43 percent of the average value of agricultural receipts over the last four years.”

“No one alive has seen single-year drought damage to this extent,” said Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension agronomist and a member of the Governor’s Drought Preparedness Council. “Texas farmers and ranchers are not strangers to drought, but the intensity of the drought, reflected in record high temperatures, record low precipitation, unprecedented winds coupled with duration – all came together to devastate production agriculture.”

• 22 Dec 2011 - GOP Threatens to Harm U.S. Economy If Obama Won’t Embrace Tar Sands Pipeline

• 10 Nov 2011 - U.S. Delays Decision on Pipeline Until After 2012 Election

Tell President Obama to kill this pipeline once and for all. It's his decision. Call or communicate to the White House and express your opposition:

10,000 Protesters Surround White House to Protest Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
Bill McKibben interview on Democracy Now, 7 Nov 2011

Details for the Tar Sands Video Clips

Track 02 - 03:48 - Occupy the White House video report by Hunter Stuart
Huffington Post story on 7 Nov 2011

Several thousand protesters, some shouldering a long black inflatable replica of a pipeline, formed a human chain around the White House yesterday try to convince Barack Obama to block the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project. The proposed pipeline by TransCanada would transport a very dirty form of crude oil from the Alberta Tar Sands across the American heartland to Texas. Tar sands oil emits three times as much greenhouse gases as a regular barrel of Canadian crude because it is in solid form. You have to use lots of energy to dig it out of the ground, liquefy it, and then put it into that pipeline.

Organizer Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at, an international climate campaign works in 188 countries around the world.

"That is the second biggest pool of carbon on the planet. If the US government goes ahead and makes it easier to develop that oil-sands project, then there is no credible way to insist that they're working hard on climate change," McKibben told the crowd.
Track 03 - 04:58 - Naomi Klein explains how Wall Street is Occupying the White House
Uploaded by KnewWorldNoing on Oct 6, 2011
Last month, award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein was in Washington, D.C., where she was arrested along with more than 1,000 people in two-week campaign of civil disobedience outside the White House against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada's tar sands field to Gulf Coast refineries. Now in New York City to support the Occupy Wall Street protest, Klein is interviewed by Democracy Now! to discuss the connections between the two struggles, and the cozy relationship between the White House, the U.S. State Department that is considering the proposed pipeline, and Keystone XL lobbyists.

Naomi Klein says, "I think what's driving people to the streets in New York and around the country now, in the occupy together movement and moment, is the realization that change is not going to come through the ballot box because the political process has been bought and paid for. One thing that I find so inspiring about this moment, and I say this of both the Keystone XL protests and the Occupy Wall Street protest, is that my biggest fear about the Obama Presidency was that it was going to lead this generation of young people into political cynicism and political apathy, because you saw such tremendous hopes raised in 2008 and so many young people really drove that campaign, knocking on doors and sleeping on floors for Obama.

Many of us saw the betrayals coming. And they have come, in climate, more than any other area, but also just in the failure to provide hope for this generation. And they could be retreating into cynicism and apathy. But, instead of retreating into cynicism and apathy they are going to where the power is. They’re realizing that the change is not coming in Washington because politicians are so controlled by corporate interests, and that is the fundamental crisis in this country. And that’s what’s so profound about this.

So, you have Paul Elliott who was Deputy Campaign Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, gets hired by TransCanada, which is the company that is building — wants to build this pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands to Texas to carry a very dirty form of oil. Tar sands oil emits three times as much greenhouse gases as a regular barrel of Canadian crude, because, of course, it is in solid form. So, you have to use all of this energy to get it out and liquefy it and then to put it into that pipeline. So, it's very controversial. They know it’s controversial because there’s a huge international movement against the tar sands."

For the complete transcript, audio/video podcast, visit Democracy Now! for this story:
Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Controversy Shows How Wall Street Is Occupying U.S. Gov’t

• For additional Democracy Now! reports about the Occupied Wall Street protests, visit:
Occupy Wall Street - Democracy Now!
Track 04 - 14:48 - Bill McKibben explains why he was arrested at the White House
Uploaded by democracynow on Aug 23, 2011 - Fifty-two environmental activists were arrested Monday in front of the White House as part of an ongoing protest calling on the Obama administration to reject a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline project, which would deliver Canada tar sands oil to refineries in Texas, and rather focus on developing clean energy. An estimated 2,000 people have signed up to hold sit-ins and commit other acts of civil disobedience outside the White House everyday for the next two weeks — 162 have already been arrested since Saturday. Also joining the protest are indigenous First Nations communities in Canada and landowners along the Keystone XL pipeline's planned route.

An editorial in Sunday's New York Times joined in calling on the State Department to reject the pipeline, noting that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production. Meanwhile, oil-industry backers of the project emphasize what they say are the economic benefits of the $7 billion proposal.

As the Obama administration remains undecided whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Democracy Now! speaks with Bill McKibben in Washington, D.C., where he was released Monday after spending two nights in jail. He is part of Tar Sands Action, a group of environmentalists, indigenous communities, labor unions and scientific experts, calling for action to stop the project. "This is the first real civil disobedience of this scale for the environmental movement in ages," McKibben says.

For the complete transcript, to download the podcast, or for more Democracy Now! reports on climate change issues, visit Over 160 Arrested in Ongoing Civil Disobedience Against Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
Track 05 - 04:24 - Tar Sands Protesters arrested at the White House
Uploaded by Video Nation on Sep 2, 2011
The Nation's George Zornick captured the scene at the White House this week, and documented the arrests of protesters.

Hundreds of people continue their nonviolent protest outside the White House, urging President Obama to not approve the potentially environmentally disastrous Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved would run from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and carry some 900,000 barrels per day of crude oil refined from bitumen in the Canadian soil, has been denounced by environmentalist Bill McKibben and NASA scientist James Hansen and many other experts. But last week the State Department issued an assessment of the project that concluded that there would be "no significant impact" on natural resources near the pipeline route, while also downplaying the potential for increased greenhouse gas emissions.
Track 06 - 02:47 - James Hansen getting arrested at the White House
Dr. Hansen explains our hopes and dreams, and then he gets arrested.
James E. Hansen just before being arrested in front of the White House as part of the 2011 Tar Sands Action in Washington DC. He heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has held this position since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

Dr. James E. Hansen - Columbia University
Dr. James E. Hansen - Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
Track 07 - 11:38 - Tar Sands Oil Extraction and The Dirty Truth
documentary Uploaded by SustainableGuidance on Apr 27, 2011
Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.

Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.

Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century.

Another video on water issues is Water: The Basics of Use, Pollution, and Our Health in 5 minutes. Learn more about the dark side of fossil fuels.

To learn more about tar sands, be sure to check out the featured film sources listed below. Find out more about what you can do and how to support the film makers.

Crude Sacrifice

Downstream -- (available to watch online)



Check out a new promising technology to eliminate tailing ponds:

Tar sands development can be minimized by blocking development of pipelines, such as Keystone XL, that carry the sludge of this incredibly polluting energy project. Tell Canada to clean up this mess and join with Bill McKibben and Josh Fox and let your voice be heard.

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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization

Animation Shows Averaged Gobal Temperature Anomalies

image shows global temperature anomalies averaged from 2006 to 2010



Track 08 - 00:26 - Global Temperature Anomalies from 1880 to 2010: Data and Analysis
Please give credit for this scientific visualization to:

• NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
• Data provided by Robert B. Schmunk (NASA/GSFC GISS)

Groups of scientists from several major institutions - NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the Met Office Hadley Centre in the United Kingdom - tally data collected by temperature monitoring stations spread around the world and make an announcement about whether the previous year was a comparatively warm or cool year.

This analysis concerns only temperature anomalies, not absolute temperature. Temperature anomalies are computed relative to the base period 1951-1980. The reason to work with anomalies, rather than absolute temperature is that absolute temperature varies markedly in short distances, while monthly or annual temperature anomalies are representative of a much larger region. Indeed, we have shown (Hansen and Lebedeff, 1987) that temperature anomalies are strongly correlated out to distances of the order of 1000 km. For more information about this dataset, see

NASA's announcement this year - that 2010 ties 2005 as the warmest year in the 131-year instrumental record - made headlines. But, how much does the ranking of a single year matter?

Not all that much, emphasizes James Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. In the GISS analysis, for example, 2010 differed from 2005 by less than 0.01 °C (0.018 °F), a difference so small that the temperatures of these two years are indistinguishable, given the uncertainty of the calculation.

Meanwhile, the third warmest year - 2009 - is so close to 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007, with the maximum difference between the years being a mere 0.03 °C, that all six years are virtually tied.

Even for a near record-breaking year like 2010 the broader context is more important than a single year. "Certainly, it is interesting that 2010 was so warm despite the presence of a La Niña and a remarkably inactive sun, two factors that have a cooling influence on the planet, but far more important than any particular year's ranking are the decadal trends," Hansen said.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Measurements

• 03 Nov 2011 - Carbon emissions soar by 6 per cent in 2010
Written by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

• Carbon Dioxide Variations - Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

What are the vast majority of the World's Leading Climate Scientists saying? The Earth is getting warmer now. Atmospheric CO2 levels have increased dramatically since 1850, when The Industrial Revolution took hold. Today these CO2 levels are being measured over 390 ppm. Increasing annual CO2 emissions cannot be sustained.


The basic physical property here is that warm air holds more water vapor than cold air. Today our Earth's atmosphere is about four percent wetter than it was 40 years ago. That's an enormous change in a basic physical parameter. It loads the dice in two distinct ways:

• Our Planet will experience increased drought and fires - as you’re getting increased evaporation.

• There will be deluge, downpours, and flooding.

And that's what we're seeing all over the planet

• 23 May 2011 - Link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!
By Bill McKibben | published in The Washington Post

Conclusion about Global Warming Facts Reported by The Mainstream Media

Belief in The Science of Global Warming is Dropping
— People in the U.S.A. are Being Brainwashed by The Mainstream Media! —


Track 09 - 04:52 - Fox Rips Huntsman On Global Warming
Uploaded to YouTube by TheYoungTurks on Aug 29, 2011

Brian Kilmeade (host of Fox & Friends) on Fox News harshly disagreed with 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman while defending candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry on global warming. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur sets the record straight.

Track 10 - 14:15 - "Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth"
Uploaded by mediagrrl9 on Apr 15, 2011

Ever since assuming control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican lawmakers have taken a number of steps to curtail the Obama administration's efforts to deal with climate change. Democracy Now! interviews Mark Hertsgaard. He is the environmental correspondent for The Nation magazine. Mark Hertsgaard is an investigative reporter who has worked for more than 20 years on climate change. His new book is Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

Mark Hertsgaard says, "[Here's] the problem. They [U.S. Senator James Inhofe, Fox News, U.S. Mainstream Media] are climate cranks. They like to be called "climate skeptics." And the media, I’m very sorry to say — the mainstream media, at least — calls them climate skeptics. They are not skeptics. Genuine skeptics are invaluable to science. That’s how science progresses, is with skepticism. But a true skeptic can be persuaded by evidence. They cannot. They have made up their minds for economic reasons or ideological reasons that they’re not going to believe in this. And because our country has allowed them to dominate the debate for 20 years, we’re now stuck with 50 more years of rising temperatures."

Track 11 - 01:52 - How Will We Feed Ourselves? This Was A Crime
Uploaded by mediagrrl9 on Apr 15, 2011

This is the conclusion of the Democracy Now! interview with reporter Mark Hertsgaard.

For the complete transcript or audio/video podcast for this story, visit Democracy Now!:
"Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth" interview with Mark Hertsgaard

Confronting the Climate Cranks - Mark Hertsgaard article in The Nation, January 2011

Track 12 - 01:29 - Who Are The One Percent? - by Brave New Foundation

Who’s using their wealth to damage our economy and democracy? You tell us. Check out our nominees and vote to choose the worst among them. Then we’ll make a series of videos exposing the ones you pick. Go ahead and vote. Start to take your democracy back.

Know the Facts

• In just the last generation, the richest 1% almost quadrupled their incomes.

• The average wealth of the 1% is 225 times bigger than the wealth of the typical household – the highest it’s ever been.

• Three decades ago, CEOs made about 40 times as much as an average worker – now CEOs make almost 200 times as much as regular employees.

• Last year, half of Americans earned less than $26,000 while CEOs at top 500 companies raked in an average of $11 million.

• Over the past decade, earnings for middle-class Americans actually fell. In fact, working Americans’ wages are now a lower percentage of our economy than they’ve ever been.

• The divide between the richest and the poorest is worse in America than it is in nearly all of Europe and Asia and much of Africa. It’s about as bad as in Rwanda and Serbia – and it’s bad for our economy.

The 1% is not an accident – it is the result of policies our government chose to pursue.

Vote for the Worst of The One Percent

Track 13 - 01:44 - Insist the Koch brothers testify in Congress - by Brave New Foundation

Billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch continue trying to skirt accountability in Congress and the Kochs' allies in Congress are doing their best to stonewall oversight. Insist the Koch brothers testify before Congress.


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• 10 Nov 2011 - David Crosby and Graham Nash interview about Occupy Wall Street
Pay attention to what they say about Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Accidents.

R.I.P. Pete Seeger

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Reviewer: JHolly - - November 6, 2014
Subject: Permission for use
Hello Monte, Great videos! I was wondering if I could use a couple of short clips of protest footage for a music video I am working on. The music video is about corporate greed. I can send you a link to the rough cut if you send me your private email. There will not be scrolling credits in the video, but the musician and I would credit you on our websites. You can contact me at
Thank you, Holly
Reviewer: NoiseCollector - - November 10, 2011
Subject: The revolution will not be televised
This will be conveniently postponed until after the coming "election" so he doesn't have to choose labor over environmentalists.... as we saw in ohio the other day, labor doesn't always tow the line... love is always on time... wo wo wo
Reviewer: dead-head_Monte - - November 10, 2011
Subject: Thank You to the People who made these Videos
This debriefing will spark some candid discussions. Our future security on Planet Earth will very likely be hugely impacted by a decision on whether on not to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Thank You for reading this essay. Thanks for watching these informative video clips.

• 10 Nov 2011 - The Obama administration remains undecided on the Keystone XL pipeline. Please call or communicate your opposition to the White House today:

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